Angela Williams – Home Support Worker

Hello, my name is Angela Williams and I’m a Home Support Worker with Northwood Homecare.

About 16 years ago, I heard a commercial on the radio while driving about a home support course being offered in Port Hawkesbury. I was living near Monastery at the time and decided to take the course. I loved it and really thought this kind of job is for me. After moving back to East Preston, my very first client was my aunt!

I’ve been working with Northwood since the merger with Home Support Central in 2002 and love my job. While there’s always challenging days, the majority of the time, my job is very rewarding. I enjoy the one-on-one time with each client the most and love meeting new people. It might be hard to believe, but I used to be a really shy person. This job brings out the best in me and I’ve learned to overcome my shyness.

I’m very active in my community; the place where I’ve lived my whole life. I attend church regularly and sing in the choir, as well as work three nights a week at the East Preston Community Centre. Four years ago, a friend and I set up a fitness centre in the building and we now oversee the programming and membership. It’s a lot of fun!

I come from a family of eight (five boys and three girls) and feel very blessed and honoured to have both of my parents still living. My daughter Rachelle is a social worker with the provincial government and I have a 15-year old foster daughter living with me right now. She’s the fourth foster child I’ve supported over the years. It’s very rewarding to give love to a child who you know is not getting any at home. I still keep in touch with all of them; one is now my Godchild and another was actually adopted by my sister.

When I’m not working, I love planting and consider myself the gardener of all gardeners. I also enjoy dancing, spending time with my friends and playing the occasional game of bingo. One of my passions though is travelling! I was in Miami earlier this year and just recently came back from New York. Every October, a friend and I organize a shopping bus trip to New York. We usually have about 40 people and man do we do some shopping! I’m planning to visit Toronto in December and a group of us have talked about going to Jamaica next year.

I want to give thanks to almighty God for all my accomplishments, volunteer work and giving back to the community, and most importantly for my health and strength that allows me to continue from day to day. Without Him, none of this would be possible.